The subject: deliberate practice. Seminar for Middlebury College track and field athletes.
Boston College Dive and Swim Coaches interested in "words and images for high performance".
Olympian Silver Medalist Gevvie Stone, and Gregg Stone, her father and Olympian coach, speak in the high performance class.
Boston College women's swim team discuss visualizations.
"Goals help us think deliberately." - Cathy Utzschneider (National Public Radio)
MOVE! seminars/talks/workshops -- whether for coaches, teams, or executives -- focus on goal achievement and high performance for athletics and careers with life balance a main objective. Scroll down to see the range of topics and also coaches' comments.
METHOD For college athletic departments and teams, Fortune 1000 Leadership Conferences, hospitals, and professional associations, Cathy presents the MOVE! method of goal achievement. Her five-part MOVE! method is based on several theories of excellence and success and consists of five practical steps:
Preparing for goals
Setting realistic goals.
Managing the process.
Assessing the outcome.
Setting the next goal
Seminars, workshops, and talks on goal achievement and high performance for leadership focus on how our bodies reflect our behaviors and mindsets. Topics range from the physiology of exercise, aging, neuropsychology, and performance; memory and time management; achieving perspective and a balanced mindset; theories of goal setting, excellence, success, nature versus nurture, motivation and change; grit, deliberate practice, courage, emotional intelligence, resilience, trust, "the beginner's mind", and habit; and perspectives from adult developmental and positive psychology. Goal setting projects show the benefits, challenges, and risks of aiming high as well as effects on self-confidence and time management, and the ability to focus, handle stress, set limits, and perform in other areas of life. Participants chart their own path to success and have resources to help them along the way.
Seminars and workshops for coaches and teams cover any and all of the following topics: instilling clear values and identifying team and individual goals; basic principles of physiology and kinesiology, components of physical fitness, principles of exercise adaptation and adherence; recognizing variations in physiological and psychological adaptations, including skill acquisition; various leadership and management styles; identifying leaders among team members; setting a positive tone; selecting, building, and motivating a team; resolving conflict by managing setbacks, including injuries and struggling performers; refocusing perspective; and effective strategies for performance feedback and improvement; humor, support, and belief for a positive tone; and inspiring teams with new initiatives. Offers practical suggestions and strategic designs.
Seminars are offered in two-hour, afternoon, or day-long sessions, and also in series.
COMMENTS ON COURSES AND WORKSHOPS:
"I found the organizational format of the MOVE! Goal pyramid to be a new and original method for structuring goals with my players. Also, the insights revealed in our classroom discussions regarding excellence and deliberate practice had a direct and positive impact on my coaching methods with my team, and I could see how these areas would be applicable in any professional group setting." - Chris Campbell, Head Women's Volleyball Coach, Boston College
"In Professor Utzschneider's high capacity performance course, she showed me how to eliminate distractions and improve efficiency in my profession. Using her MOVE! goal achievement system helped our teams identify and overcome obstacles to reaching our short-term goals. Her insight, enthusiasm and energy for coaching are inspiring!" - Ryan Peffer, PGA, Assistant Golf Coach, Boston College
"Cathy's talks have inspired my tennis and paddle tennis players and taught them how to practice so they achieve results more quickly than they would otherwise. The concept of deliberate practice and setting short-term successive goals with the MOVE! goal pyramid is worth its weight in gold." - Shelly Mars, Director, Brookline Tennis Academy
"Prof U's classes are unique, incorporating physiology, neuropsychology, and theories of leadership, excellence, and positive psychology along with her goal achievement method into the study of performance. Her classes reflect a level of care and communication that I have not seen in graduate school. As an athlete and coach herself, Prof U breaks down sometimes complex concepts into small understandable components for her graduate students, many of whom are coaches……" - Dan Viscariello, Assistant Basketball Coach, Boston College